East Fife 1 - 2 Albion Rovers

Saturday 14th April 2012
D Muir (82)S Chaplain (14)
J Gemmell (40)

Wee Rovers edge clear

Albion moved five points clear of automatic relegation with a 2-1 victory over play-off chasing East Fife.

The Fifers could have moved level on points with fourth-placed Airdrie with a win, but failed to recover after falling 2-0 behind before half-time.

Albion took the lead through Scott Chaplain's smart left-footed finish in the 14th minute, the midfielder's eighth goal of the season.

The away side doubled their lead five minutes before the break as John Gemmell met Ryan McStay's right-wing free-kick with a thumping header from 12 yards out.

East Fife eventually pulled one back in the 82nd minute as David Muir turned in Scott Dalziel's cross from close range.

But the home side failed to grab an equaliser to boost their play-off aspirations.

Albion remain in the relegation play-off place following Forfar's victory.

OfficialGary Hilland
Attendance566
VenueBayview Stadium
Kick Off
East Fife 0 - 0 Albion Rovers
0:56
Corner taken by Robert Linn with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
1:22
Shot taken by Darren McCormack using his left foot from the centre penalty area
1:43
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
5:43
Corner taken by Robert Sloan using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
6:10
Save made by Derek Gaston
7:42
Cross from Darren McCormack
7:46
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
9:21
Shot taken by Scott Dalziel using his left foot from the right penalty area
9:36
Save made by Derek Gaston
10:37
Corner taken by Robert Linn with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
11:03
Clearance by Anthony Stevenson
12:19
Offside flag raised against Robert Love
12:20
Free Kick taken by Darren McCormack
13:25
Shot taken by Scott Chaplain using his left foot from the centre penalty area
13:25
East Fife 0 - 1 Albion Rovers
GOAL scored by Scott Chaplain using his left foot from the centre penalty area going centre low of the goal.
15:54
Foul on John Gemmell
16:00
Free Kick taken by Ryan McStay
16:49
Shot taken by Scott Chaplain using his left foot
17:03
Save made by Michael Brown
17:57
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
19:07
Foul on Scott Durie
19:13
Free Kick taken by Robert Sloan
19:25
BOOKING: Barry Russell of Albion Rovers given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
20:11
Cross from Robert Sloan
20:13
Shot taken by John Ovenstone from the centre penalty area
20:51
Foul on Simon Marriott
20:56
Free Kick taken by Derek Gaston
21:49
Foul on Scott Dalziel
21:56
Free Kick taken by Ryan Wallace from the left wing
22:27
Shot taken by Robert Linn from the centre penalty area
22:38
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
23:05
Foul on Neil Janczyk
23:09
Free Kick taken by Steven Campbell
24:11
Shot taken by Barry Russell using his left foot
24:29
Save made by Michael Brown
25:13
Foul on Neil Janczyk
26:01
Free Kick taken by Steven Campbell
29:54
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
33:46
Corner taken by Ryan McStay with his right foot from the right byline to the far post
34:12
Clearance by Scott Dalziel
35:06
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
35:46
Foul on Darren Smith
35:50
Free Kick taken by Darren Smith from the left wing
37:23
Offside flag raised against Jack Werndly
37:25
Free Kick taken by Michael Brown
38:52
Foul on John Gemmell
39:00
Free Kick taken by Ryan McStay from the right wing
39:02
BOOKING: John Ovenstone of East Fife given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
39:33
Cross from Ryan McStay
39:39
Shot taken by John Gemmell from the left penalty area
39:39
East Fife 0 - 2 Albion Rovers
GOAL scored by John Gemmell from the left penalty area to the top left of the goal.
42:40
Shot taken by Scott Dalziel with his right foot from the right penalty area
42:48
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
43:25
Foul on John Gemmell
43:34
Free Kick taken by Ryan McStay
45:00+0:01
Offside flag raised against Robert Love
45:00+0:04
Free Kick taken by Michael Brown
Half Time
East Fife 0 - 2 Albion Rovers
Second Half Started
East Fife 0 - 2 Albion Rovers
48:34
Foul on Robert Linn
48:41
Free Kick taken by Robert Sloan from the right wing
49:04
Cross from Robert Sloan
49:06
Clearance by John Gemmell
50:38
Corner taken by Robert Linn with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
50:52
Clearance by Jack Werndly
53:24
Foul on Darren Smith
53:31
Free Kick taken by Michael Brown
54:00
Shot taken by Scott Chaplain with his right foot
54:09
Save made by Michael Brown
54:36
Foul on Jack Werndly
54:41
Free Kick taken by Barry Russell
55:47
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
56:35
Shot taken by Robert Linn with his right foot
56:40
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
56:51
Substitution for East Fife: David Muir on for Robert Sloan
58:29
Foul on Craig Johnstone
58:34
Free Kick taken by Ryan Wallace
58:35
BOOKING: Alan Reid of Albion Rovers given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
59:04
Shot taken by Craig Johnstone with his right foot
59:28
Corner taken by Robert Linn with his right foot from the right byline short of the target
60:21
Shot taken by Robert Love with his right foot from the right penalty area
60:34
Goal Kick taken by Michael Brown
65:42
Foul on Scott Durie
65:45
Free Kick taken by Michael Brown
66:10
Substitution for Albion Rovers: Christopher Boyle on for Robert Love
67:18
Foul on Scott Durie
67:25
Free Kick taken by Michael Brown
71:19
Foul on Barry Russell
71:26
Free Kick taken by Barry Russell
72:12
Substitution for East Fife: Steven Hislop on for Robert Linn
76:19
BOOKING: Jack Werndly of Albion Rovers given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
78:43
Shot taken by Ryan Wallace with his right foot
78:54
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
80:05
Shot taken by Christopher Boyle using his left foot
80:13
Save made by Michael Brown
81:30
Shot taken by David Muir with his right foot from the right six yard line
81:30
East Fife 1 - 2 Albion Rovers
GOAL scored by David Muir with his right foot from the right six yard line going centre low of the goal.
82:35
Substitution for Albion Rovers: James Gilmartin on for Scott Chaplain
83:40
Corner taken by Craig Johnstone with his right foot from the right byline
84:34
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
85:22
Shot taken by Ryan Wallace using his left foot
85:38
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
86:48
BOOKING: John Gemmell of Albion Rovers given yellow card for dissent
87:21
Foul on David Muir
87:25
Free Kick taken by Darren Smith
87:35
Cross from Darren Smith
87:36
Clearance by Anthony Stevenson
89:10
Foul on John Ovenstone
89:22
Free Kick taken by Darren McCormack
90:00+0:28
Shot taken by John Gemmell using his left foot
90:00+1:27
Corner taken by Craig Johnstone using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
90:00+1:45
Clearance by Jack Werndly
90:00+1:51
Foul on Craig Johnstone
90:00+2:03
DISMISSAL: Jack Werndly of Albion Rovers sent off for second bookable offence
90:00+2:11
Free Kick taken by Ryan Wallace
Full Time
East Fife 1 - 2 Albion Rovers

East Fife

vs

Albion Rovers

1
Goals
2
1
Assists
2
10
Shots
8
3
On Target
6
7
Off Target
2
4
Crosses
1
7
Corners
1
12
Throw Ins
14
4
Saves
2
1
Clearances
5
1
Goal Kicks
12
16
Free Kicks
6
0
Offside
3
1
Yellow Cards
4
0
Red Cards
1

East Fife

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Michael Brown
02.Scott Durie
03.Darren McCormack
04.Steven Campbell
05.John Ovenstone (40+0: Unsporting behaviour)
06.Darren Smith
07.Neil Janczyk
08.Robert Sloan 57+0' Tactical
09.Ryan Wallace
10.Robert Linn 73+0' Tactical
11.Scott Dalziel

Substitutes

12.Andrew Collier
13.Craig Johnstone
14.David Muir 57+0' Tactical
15.Paul McQuade
16.Steven Hislop 73+0' Tactical

Albion Rovers

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Derek Gaston
02.Barry Russell (20+0: Unsporting behaviour)
03.Anthony Stevenson
04.Micheal O'Byrne
05.Simon Marriott
06.Alan Reid (59+0: Unsporting behaviour)
07.Scott Chaplain 83+0' Tactical
08.Jack Werndly (77+0: Unsporting behaviour) (90+3: Second Bookable Offence)
09.Ryan McStay
10.Robert Love 67+0' Tactical
11.John Gemmell (87+0: Dissent)

Substitutes

12.Christopher Fahey
13.Christopher Fahey
14.Todd Lumsden
15.James Gilmartin 83+0' Tactical
16.Christopher Boyle 67+0' Tactical
17.Joseph Acquah

White not playing for Fifers

East Fife are without the suspended David White as they welcome Albion Rovers to Bayview.

Full-back Andy Cook is also absent due to a hamstring injury so Fifers manager Gordon Durie has selected the same squad that defeated Forfar 4-1 last weekend.

Durie remains wary of their relegation-haunted visitors, and said: "Albion have played Stenhousemuir, Cowdenbeath and Dumbarton in their last three games and picked up seven points which is really good form.

"They are fighting for everything and they will be very dangerous opponents for us.

"The games between us have been tight all season but there is a four-way fight for two play-off places and we know that a win keeps us very much in the hunt."

Albion Rovers will be without captain Ciaran Donnelly due to a dislocated shoulder.

Player-coach Danny Ferry is also unavailable as the Wee Rovers look to triumph over the Fifers for the first time this season.

The Coatbridge side are in a relegation fight and manager Paul Martin said: "We are playing for the same prize as we were when we were in the Third Division last season and that is to be in the Second Division come August.

"Every game in the Second Division means something and we all want to be involved in such a highly competitive league next season.

"Our games with East Fife have been really good ones but we have not won so far and this would be a great time to record that first success."

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Cowdenbeath 33 37 66
2 Arbroath 33 25 59
3 Dumbarton 33 -4 49
4 Airdrieonians 33 7 48
5 Up Stenhousemuir 33 3 45
6 Down East Fife 33 1 45
7 Brechin City 33 -12 40
8 Forfar Athletic 33 -16 36
9 Albion Rovers 33 -18 36
10 Stirling Albion 33 -23 31

Updated 14/04/2012 at 16:57